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Title: A Psychoanalytical Interpretation of Ying-ying’s Contradiction
Authors: Qu, Jingyi
Tay, Qin Xuan
Keywords: Psychoanalysis
Poems relevant to Ying-ying
The Story of Ying-ying
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Qu, J. & Tay, Q. X. (2016). A Psychoanalytical Interpretation of Ying-ying’s Contradiction. International Journal of Comparative Literature & Translation Studies, 4(2), 45-50.
Journal: International Journal of Comparative Literature & Translation Studies
Series/Report no.: International Journal of Comparative Literature & Translation Studies
Abstract: This study investigates Yuan Zhen’s “The Story of Ying-ying” (“Yingying Zhuan”) by means of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis. From a psychoanalytic perspective, Ying ying faces internal struggles between the ego and the id caused by her superego-this leads to her inconsistent behaviours. This contradiction encapsulates how any reasonable person would have felt, thus having an epoch-marking significance. Poems composed based on their love affair also reveal the social role of scholars under the reality principle, the underlying basis for the desertion of Ying-ying. Interpretation of the story using a combination of tale and poetry expands the Tang literati discourse on Ying-ying’s contradictory behaviours.
ISSN: 2202-9451
Schools: School of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Rights: © 2016 Australian International Academic Centre. All rights reserved.
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